The internet is full of summer travel tips, and this week’s lead story, from Blouin ArtInfo, is a great list of the top museum exhibitions in Europe – we thought it was the perfect read for art lovers still planning their vacations. Look for The Guardian's rare interview with the remarkable François Gilot, one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century, and Artnet's poignant story on the art world's response to the tragedy in Orlando.
If you missed last week's edition, catch up on the recent expansion of the Tate Modern, Damien Hirst's taxidermist and the world's largest diamond here.
As the international art world converges on Europe for Art Basel, the Berlin Biennale and Manifesta, museums and galleries have organised a range of exhibitions to open in June. Discover the major shows highlighting such artists as Yayoi Kusama, Caravaggio, and more. (Blouin ArtInfo)
From a spontaneous benefit concert at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn to a rainbow-lit Sydney Harbour Bridge, artists worldwide have responded to Sunday’s tragic attack in Orlando with creative eulogies, community vigils and tributes. (Artnet News)
Thousands of priceless artworks vanished during the Nazi’s rise to power, but despite attempts to return these treasures to their rightful owners, many remain lost. In a historic moment, a bill extending the statute of limitations on Nazi-looted art reached Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (USA Today)
Elite collectors have always commissioned personalised watches, but high-end watchmakers like Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre are now producing customised watches at lower price points. Their designs allow buyers to present a unique face to the world. (The Telegraph)
At 94, the French artist reflects upon her career as a painter, her fierce independence and her infamous love affair with Pablo Picasso. Throughout their passionate and deeply intellectual relationship, Gilot was both a muse to Picasso and a creative force in her own right; though the relationship eventually ended, Gilot’s artistic talent and creative spirit remained strong. (The Guardian)
Readers of The New Yorker bid farewell to seasoned cartoonists Frank Modell and Anatol Kovarsky, both of whom passed away in recent weeks. Kovarsky was particularly well-known for his cartoons of the art world, which frequently cast an ironic light upon famous works and familiar institutions.
(The New Yorker)